I’ll try to keep this short. I decided to dedicate a laptop to just 11.3. After installation and online update, multiple programs (Firefox, Konquerer, Thunderbird, Yast) would give me errors involving something called ‘segmentation fault’. Low level reformat of the drive, two additional installs from scratch and online updates (last one switching to EXT3) and the errors still existed - in several programs. As a last ditch effort, I tried ‘zypper dup’ and walked away for several hours. That was a few days ago and I haven’t had any errors since. Have no idea why, but it seems to be working fine now and I can pursue the rest of the setting up process.
Do a md5sum of the install/live media and compare it to one of the ones on software.opensuse.org. Simply select what media you used, scroll down a bit and you should see the title “Verify your checksum”. Then click on md5 checksum. Then compare that to the install/live media.
Yup. Before I did the first re-install I did the media check and then recreated an iso from the cd and checked its checksum. That’s when I started to suspect my hard drive and did a low level format and then even ran Spinrite on it to verify. When I searched the forums on ‘segmentation fault’ I found many many hits and started to get suspicious that something (dunno what) more basic was wrong. Incidentally, I have a desktop with 11.3 (created from an entirely different download of the cd - I loaned it out) on it and also get the segmentation fault error but only occasionally and then the program that failed, works. I’ve been planning to do a zypper dup on it tonight and see if it also clears up.
Actually, since I last posted, I found memtest86+ on the web and have been running that on the laptop for the last couple of hours. Will let it run all night. Didn’t know there was a “memtest+” on the CD.
My theory is that your cd/dvd reader had a problem and miss read a sector (did you burn at slowest speed?) These things are amazingly reliable but there is always an error rate and we are talking about massive amounts of data. So there is a small but finite chance of a bad read. On the other hand dup would pull in the latest fixes so maybe the something on the origianl was fixed. In any case unless you see the problem again I’d not worry, things happen.